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Hon. Jeanette Ruiz became the Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court in October, 2015, immediately following her service as Deputy Administrative Judge and, earlier, Supervising Judge of the Kings County Family Court. Judge Ruiz was first appointed to the Family Court bench in 2007. She is the first Latina to serve as Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court.
Judge Ruiz began her legal career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Iraline Barnes, Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before taking the bench, Judge Ruiz served as Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department and, following that, as Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services where she implemented a citywide mayoral initiative for affirmative action in the procurement of city goods and services. She went on to serve as General Counsel at Harlem Dowling West Side Center, a major non-profit community-based child welfare agency, where she created its first legal department and redesigned its adoption case flow management to achieve permanency for children in its foster care programs. She then served as Deputy General Counsel and, later, as Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children Services.
Judge Ruiz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended public schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from New York City’s Hunter College, a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and she received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Danielle C. Quinn is a Litigation Associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. From 2017 to 2018, Ms. Quinn served as a law clerk to the Hon. Peter W. Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 2015 to 2017, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard K. Eaton of the United States Court of International Trade.